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China bans children under 16 from appearing on the Internet


The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has just banned children under the age of 16 from joining online platforms after a previous leak of sensitive photos.

After the disclosure of child pornography on major social networking platforms such as Kuaishou, Tencent QQ, Taobao, Sina Weibo and Xiaohongshu, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) decided to issue an order to stop it. the appearance of children under the age of 16 on online platforms including livestreaming.

At the same time, these online platforms are required to remove content related to children such as games, fundraisers, violence and other vulgar content. In addition, online platforms have been called upon to cooperate in investigating acts of cyber violence that take place in their forums or groups.

My son is 16 years old in China on the first day of his life

Children under the age of 16 are banned from appearing on online platforms after the disclosure of sensitive photos. Photo: Techcrunch.

Before that, many pornographic images of children appeared on the major sites. This has resulted in all relevant platforms being penalized for displaying content and forced to remove flagged content. Additionally, accounts showing this type of content are also removed.

According to the CAC, the flagged content was used to drive traffic and views. The CAC said in the future, it will not tolerate similar incidents. The CAC therefore encourages companies to carefully monitor the content that appears on their platforms.

In early July, China’s State Council announced it would control and crack down on local businesses in areas ranging from antitrust, cybersecurity to financial technology.

The day before the announcement was made, ride-hailing app Didi was removed from China’s app stores by order of the government. The CAC said it had put Didi under cybersecurity review to “prevent national data and security risks” to protect the public interest.

In addition to Didi, other Chinese tech giants such as Alibaba and Tencent have also come under government scrutiny in recent months, with Alibaba fined a record 18.2 billion yuan (more than 2 billion USD). In addition to Didi and Alibaba, 33 other mobile applications are also targeted for collecting more user data than is necessary when providing services.

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